LO is now 9 months old and doing great. She's 21 lbs and in the 85th percentile!!! Not bad for a 34 week, 2 day premie!!
I'm going back to work when she turns 1 year old. I need to wean her back to just nursing in the morning, when I get home (11 hours) and before bed (although I can nurse her as many times as she needs, I won't be home until 6pm so if she stays on schedule for her sleep, I can't see her nursing much more than that). I also need to switch her away from nursing while laying down for naps.
I want it to be as painless as possible. I've got 3 months. How do I:
1. Cut her nursings down from 6 sessions down to 3, with an 11 hour break between? Do I have to replace them with something else?
2. Switch from nursing down for naps to not? Will she need it to be a bottle of EBM? Or can it be something else? How do you get your 1 year olds down for naps without nursing?
3. From my understanding, she won't need EBM at that age because she'll get enough in just the 3 nursings I can provide. Is this true? Will she be okay with just water and at that time, milk during the day?
I'd really like to get away from pumping. My work is very high stress and time line driven. I know I'll miss pumping sessions. It would be best if I just moved forward assuming that I can't pump at work.
I need to have a plan here. I'm a planner by nature and I haven't the slightest clue of how to go about this. It's a big source of anxiety for me at the moment. I wish I didn't have to go back to work but there's no way we can swing it financially.